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Today we are reviewing Cooler Master Hyper TX3, a CPU cooler with a tower design, three heatpipes and a 92 mm fan. How will it perform?

In Figure 1, you can see Hyper TX3’s package. It is actually a plastic blister, showing the cooler, just like the Vortex 752.

Hyper TX3Figure 1: Blister.

Inside the blister package we found the cooler, the fan, user manuals, installation hardware and a gray thermal compound tube.

Hyper TX3Figure 2: Package contents.

In the next few pages we will take a closer look at TX3.

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From a frontal view we notice the classic Hyper TX3 tower design, with three U-shaped copper heatpipes, aluminum fins and a small aluminum base.

Hyper TX3Figure 3: Front view.

In Figure 4 we can see the three heatpipes. The cooler is tall but not big in volume.
Hyper TX3Figure 4: Side view. 
Looking at it from above we see the fins are practically rectangular. We also noticed the notches where you must attach the wire clips that hold the fan in place. TX3 supports up to two fans. It comes with only one fan, but brings the clips that you will need if you decide to install a second fan, which is a big advantage if you want to increase the cooler performance.
Hyper TX3Figure 5: Top view.

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In Figure 6, you can see the fan attached to the heatsink. You can notice the small rubber pads in the fan corners, intended to reduce vibrations and noise.

Hyper TX3Figure 6: Fan installed.

The fan, seen in Figure 7, has a four-pin connector, with PWM speed control.

Hyper TX3Figure 7: Fan.

On the cooler base, the heatpipes keep direct contact to the CPU. This system has proven to be an efficcient choice, eliminating one thermal resistant layer. Unfortunately, this base is not very smooth, and there are small spaces near the heatpipes, which demands more thermal compound in the installation.

Hyper TX3Figure 8: Base.

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TX3 installation is pretty simple. To use it with AMD CPUs, you just need to use the clip shown in Figure 9, holding it to the motherboard frame.

Hyper TX3Figure 9: Clip for AMD CPUs.

To install the cooler on socket LGA775 and 1156 Intel CPUs, you need to attach four clips on the cooler base. Those clips have two positions, one for socket LGA775 and other for socket LGA1156, where the motherboard holes are positioned a little far. In Figure 10, you can see those clips without one screw, so you can have an idea how those two positions are.

Once the clips are in place, you just need to fasten the cooler to the motherboard the same way the Intel stock cooler.

Hyper TX3Figure 10: Clips for Intel CPUs.

In Figure 11, you can see how it looks inside our case. It did not interfered with any component of our motherboard, but it is tall and will not fit slim or SFF cases.

Hyper TX3Figure 11: Installed into case.

[nextpage title=”How We Tested”]

We are adopting the following methodology for our CPU cooler reviews.

First, we chose the CPU with the highest TDP (Thermal Design Power) we had available, a Core 2 Extreme QX6850, which has a 130 W TDP. The choice for a CPU with a high TDP is obvious. To measure the efficiency of the tested cooler, we need a processor that gets very hot. This CPU works by default at 3.0 GHz, but we overclocked it to 3.33 GHz, in order to heat it as much as possible.

We took noise and temperature measurements with the CPU idle and under full load. In order to achieve 100% CPU load on the four processing cores we ran Prime95 with the "In-place Large FFTs" option, and three instances of the StressCPU program, all at the same time.

We also compared the reviewed cooler to the Intel stock cooler (with copper base), which comes with the processor we used, and also with some other coolers we have tested using the same methodology.

Temperature measurements were taken with a digital thermometer, with the sensor touching the base of the cooler, and also with the core temperature reading (given by the CPU thermal sensor) from the from the SpeedFan program, using an arithmetic average of the four core temperature readings.

The sound pressure level (SPL) was measured with a digital noise meter, with its sensor placed 4" (10 cm) from the fan. We turned off the video board cooler so it wouldn’t interfere with the results, but this measurement is only for comparative purposes, because a precise SPL measurement needs to be made inside an acoustically insulated room with no other noise sources, which is not the case here.

Hardware Configuration

Software Configuration

  • Windows XP Professional installed on FAT32 partition
  • Service Pack 3
  • Intel Inf driver version: 8.3.1.1009
  • NVIDIA video driver version: 182.08

Software Used

Error Margin

We adopted a 2 °C error margin, i.e., temperature differences below 2 °C are considered irrelevant.

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On the tables below you can see our results. We ran the same tests with the coolers shown on below tables. Each test ran with the CPU idle and the with the CPU fully loaded. On BigTyp 14Pro, TMG IA1, NH-U12P and ISGC-300 the tests were done with the fan at full speed and at minimum speed. The other coolers were connected directly to the motherboard and it controls the fan speed based on CPU load level and temperature on PWM models. ISGC-400 and iCEAGE Prima Boss were tested at minimum speed on idle test and at maximum speed on full load test.

CPU Idle

Cooler Room Temp. Noise Fan Speed Base Temp. Core Temp.
Intel stock 14 °C 44 dBA 1000 rpm 31 °C 42 °C
BigTyp 14Pro (min) 17 °C 47 dBA 880 rpm 29 °C 36 °C
BigTyp 14Pro (max) 17 °C 59 dBA 1500 rpm 26 °C 34 °C
Akasa Nero 18 °C 41 dBA 500 rpm 26 °C 35 °C
Cooler Master V10 14 °C 44 dBA 1200 rpm 21 °C 26 °C
TMG IA1 (max) 16 °C 47 dBA 1500 rpm 22 °C 30 °C
TMG IA1 (min) 16 °C 57 dBA 2250 rpm 21 °C 30 °C
Zalman CNPS10X Extreme 16 °C 44 dBA 1200 rpm 21 °C 29 °C
Thermaltake ISGC-100 18 °C 44 dBA 1450 rpm 35 °C 49 °C
Noctua NH-U12P (low) 15 °C 42 dBA 1000 rpm 20 °C 30 °C
Noctua NH-U12P 15 °C 46 dBA 1400 rpm 20 °C 28 °C
Noctua NH-C12P 17 °C 46 dBA 1400 rpm 23 °C 28 °C
Thermaltake ISGC-200 21 °C 43 dBA 1100 rpm 31 °C 35 °C
Schythe Kabuto 22 °C 42 dBA 800 rpm 29 °C 34 °C
Arctic Cooling Alpine 11 Pro 20 °C 43 dBA 1500 rpm 32 °C 39 °C
ISGC-300 (min) 18 °C 42 dBA 800 rpm 26 °C 30 °C
ISGC-300 (max) 18 °C 46 dBA 1400 rpm 24 °C 26 °C
SilverStone NT06-E 21 °C 66 dBA 2600 rpm 30 °C 41 °C
Zalman CNPS9700 NT 22 °C 48 dBA 1700 rpm 28 °C 35 °C
Scythe Mugen-2 17 °C 41 dBA 700 rpm 25 °C 30 °C
ISGC-400 (min) 17 °C 44 dBA 850 rpm 24 °C 30 °C
Cooler Master Vortex 752 20 °C 48 dBA 1700 rpm 32 °C 44 °C
iCEAGE Prima Boss (min) 22 °C 42 dBA 1000 rpm 29 °C 36 °C
Evercool Buffalo 17 °C 51 dBA 1850 rpm 22 °C 29 °C
Scythe Big Shuriken 20 °C 42 dBA 900 rpm 31 °C 39 °C
Cooler Master Hyper TX3 21 °C 44 dBA 1700 rpm 30 °C 39 °C

CPU Fully Loaded

Cooler Room Temp. Noise Fan Speed Base Temp. Core Temp.
Intel stock 14 °C 48 dBA 1740 rpm 42 °C 100 °C
BigTyp 14Pro (min) 17 °C 47 dBA 880 rpm 43 °C 77 °C
BigTyp 14Pro (max) 17 °C 59 dBA 1500 rpm 35 °C 70 °C
Akasa Nero 18 °C 48 dBA 1500 rpm 34 °C 68 °C
Cooler Master V10 14 °C 54 dBA 1900 rpm 24 °C 52 °C
TMG IA1 (max) 16 °C 47 dBA 1500 rpm 27 °C 63 °C
TMG IA1 (min) 16 °C 57 dBA 2250 rpm 25 °C 60 °C
Zalman CNPS10X Extreme 16 °C 51 dBA 1900 rpm 24 °C 50 °C
Thermaltake ISG-100 18 °C 50 dBA 1800 rpm 58 °C 93 °C
Noctua NH-U12P (low) 15 °C 42 dBA 1000 rpm 28 °C 59 °C
Noctua NH-U12P 15 °C 46 dBA 1400 rpm 25 °C 54 °C
Noctua NH-C12P 17 °C 46 dBA 1400 rpm 37 °C 76 °C
Thermaltake ISGC-200 21 °C 48 dBA 1900 rpm 42 °C 68 °C
Scythe Kabuto 22 °C 47 dBA 1200 rpm 38 °C 63 °C
Arctic Cooling Alpine 11 Pro 20 °C 51 dBA 2300 rpm 49 °C 85 °C
ISGC-300 (min) 18 °C 42 dBA 800 rpm 36 °C 64 °C
ISGC-300 (max) 18 °C 46 dBA 1400 rpm 31 °C 56 °C
SilverStone NT06-E 21 °C 66 dBA 2600 rpm 39 °C 96 °C
Zalman
CNPS9700 NT
22 °C 56 dBA 2600 rpm 34 °C 63 °C
Scythe Mugen-2 17 °C 46 dBA 1300 rpm 28 °C 54 °C
ISGC-400 (max) 17 °C 47 dBA 1400 rpm 36 °C 69 °C
Cooler Master Vortex 752 20 °C 55 dBA 2300 rpm 48 °C 92 °C
iCEAGE Prima Boss (max) 22 °C 53 dBA 2000 rpm 35 °C 59 °C
Evercool Buffalo 17 °C 51 dBA 1850 rpm 32 °C 67 °C
Scythe Big Shuriken 20 °C 50 dBA 1500 rpm 51 °C 85 °C
Cooler Master Hyper TX3 21 °C 53 dBA 2700 rpm 39 °C 66 °C

The next graph will give you an idea on how many degrees Celsius the CPU core was hotter than room temperature during the tests, in idle.

Hyper TX3

The next graph will give you an idea on how many degrees Celsius the CPU core was hotter than room temperature during the tests, under full load.

  Hyper TX3

 

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Cooler Master Hyper TX3 main features are:

  • Application: Sockets 1156, 775, AM3, AM2+, AM2, 939 and 754 processors.
  • Fins: Aluminum.
  • Base: Aluminum, with heatpipes in direct contact to the CPU.
  • Heat-pipes: Three U-shape copper heat-pipes.
  • Fan: 92 mm.
  • Nominal fan speed: 800 to 2,800 rpm.
  • Fan air flow: 54.8 cfm.
  • Maximum power consumption: 3.12 W.
  • Nominal noise level: 35 dBA.
  • Weight: 1.04 lbs (470 g).
  • More information: https://www.coolermaster-usa
  • Average price in the US*: USD 20.00

* Researched on www.newegg.com on the day this reviews was published.

[nextpage title=”Conclusions”]

Something curious happened during our Hyper TX3 testing. The first sample we received from the manufacturer showed very bas results. The performance was so poor that our CPU entered Thermal Throttling mode even while idle. We contacted Cooler Master, which said it could be a defective sample, and sent us another one, which worked just fine. The first sample was actually a defective one.

In our tests Hyper TX3 proved to be a cooler with good performance. It did not cooled our CPU as good as top shelf coolers, but the cost/benefit ratio proved to awesome. Besides that, it has an excellent noise level and a very practical installation on Intel or AMD CPUs.

So Cooler Master Hyper TX3 CPU cooler deserves the Hardware Secrets Silver Award.